Concrete flooring is durable and long-lasting, but it can look a little drab when left plain. If you want to update the appearance of your concrete floor, staining is a great option.

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This technique allows you to choose a color that works with your home’s design and it is easy enough to be completed over a weekend.

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Once you’ve gathered up all of your supplies and chosen the perfect color of stain, you’re ready to start. These tips will help you through the process and give you some tricks to make the project just a little bit easier.

Don’t Skip on Prep Work

It is tempting to jump right into staining your concrete, but preparation is key to a long-lasting application. Residual dust or debris can prevent the stain from adhering properly to the concrete. To avoid this issue, perform a thorough cleaning of the area. Start with a good sweeping and follow it up by washing the concrete with water. If you have a pressure washer, now is the time to use it. After washing, give the area at least 24 hours to dry completely.

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Start on the Perimeter

You’ve probably seen the classic cartoons when someone paints themselves into a corner. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence when staining a floor! Begin staining on the perimeter of the area, making sure that you have an easy exit so you don’t have to walk over the stain. You’ll be disappointed if you have to leave footprints in the fresh stain, since that means you’ll have to reapply in those places. 

Avoid Applying Stain in Direct Sunlight

The timing of when you decide to apply the stain will make a big difference when outdoors. If you start when sun is shining directly on the concrete, the stain will dry too quickly, leaving you without time to blend in the brush strokes properly. If you can, wait for a cloudy day, or, if possible, try starting later in the day when you have shade.

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Remember to Seal

Some people finish applying the stain and assume that they’re done with the job. If you want the stain to last and have the durability that you expect, be sure to apply a sealer. This step makes a big difference in how your concrete will both look and feel. Some experts even suggest applying two coats of sealer for the best, possible results.

Staining concrete is a great option for garages, driveways, patios and even basements. Keeping these 4 tips in mind will help to ensure that your concrete staining project is a success!